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‘I joined the corporate world to prepare myself for entrepreneurship’

Kanha Thakur, a Business Associate at Accenture, tells joining the corporate world is part of a bigger ambition – launching her own clothing company



Kanha Thakur is an alumna of Apeejay Institute of Management and Engineering Technical Campus (AIMETC). She pursued her MBA as part of the 2022 batch, and is currently working as the Business and Technology Delivery Associate at Accenture, Bangalore.

In an engaging interview, the management professional speaks about switching fields from philosophy to corporate culture as well as advises students to not be in a rush and to just keep the focus on. Edited excerpts:

Tell us about your work profile?

I am going through my training period currently. I was recruited last December. I am a consultant in the material management department and I am being trained in sales presently. There are three levels in the training programme. I have completed two of them. Now I will have to clear my final examination in February.

What inspired you to do an MBA?

I had pursued my graduation in Philosophy from Laxmi Bai College in University of Delhi. I was confused about joining academia or the corporate industry. By the end of my graduation, I was clear that I wanted to join the corporate world, hence an MBA was essential.

Tell us about your AIMETC days?

I did my MBA in marketing and HR from Apeejay. I belong to Sonipat, Haryana and so, it was really a great experience for me to go to Jalandhar. I met the staff at AIMETC and I was very impressed. They are so hardworking. We students sometimes felt that we could bunk, but the teachers were always there, for every class, every project. They were so disciplined towards everything they taught us. It was very inspiring indeed. 

Our Director sir, Mr Bagga, was so humble and had a one-on-one bond with almost every student. He would speak with every student. At Apeejay, it felt like home. It was unbelievable. 

How’s the college placement cell?

Accenture came to our college around March. They selected two students from our batch. Fortunately, I was one of them. They took a very detailed assessment test. It had six rounds with an interview in the final stage. They were testing the candidates thoroughly. I was the student placement coordinator and I was prepared well by my college.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I want to have my own clothing brand. I need some exposure and contacts for this. My native family works in this sector actually. So, I want to join this eventually. I am here in the corporate world to learn more about this sector, how the business world functions and prepare myself to own a company one day. 

One word of advice for all students?

Trust yourself, don’t be in a rush. Things will fall in place and everything will happen. Just keep working on yourself. 

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]